St. Louis friends: I’m so excited to share this powerful, inspiring workshop with you! My friends at The Vault Luxury Resale in Brentwood are graciously hosting this women-only event in their beautiful space, please see the details below. Online sign up opens on April 3rd, but you can pre-register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited!
I love the holidays! I love finding that perfect, thoughtful, creative, gift for people in my life. No matter how big or small your budget, here are some ideas for everyone on your list!
My tips for giving the perfect gift:
Spoil them: Choose something they wouldn’t normally splurge on for themselves – a spa service, a jewelry box, cute PJs…
Inspire them: A journal, a book, a gift certificate for healthy meal delivery, etc. can be the spark they need to live better. (As you’re not pushy).
Personalize it: Add their name, nickname, initials or monogram. (Can’t wait til the last minute though!)
Here are some of the things I’ll be shopping (and hoping for) for this year.
FOR THE HOMEBODY:
- A plush bathrobe – Spoil them with this warm, luxe one from Ugg.
- Cozy slippers – You don’t need an exact shoes size or to spend too much to find the perfect pair like these from Urban Outfitters.
- A luxurious blanket – You can’t go wrong with this silky, soft (totally affordable) throw. And you can never have enough of them!
FOR THE FITNESS ENTHUSIAST:
- TRX Suspension System– Easy to set up, portable and perfect for all fitness levels, you can get a killer workout at home or anywhere.
- The perfect gym bag – Lululemon has stylish and functional choices for men & women.
- A sleek water bottle – Swell bottles are durable and come in just about every color, pattern, style you can imagine. And they’re perfect to personalize. (Pictured right fromCha Boutique in St. Louis).
FOR THE JETSETTER:
- A cosmetic case or dob kit – I have been givingStephanie Johnson cases as gifts for as long as I remember.
- An eye catching luggage tag– You’ll want one of these for yourself too.
- Travel size skin and hair care products – Mini versions of luxe products for men and women (like these for him from Jack Black or this set for her from Drybar) are instant winners.
FOR THE ATHLETE:
FOR THE KID (OR KID AT HEART):
- An arcade game – Definitely a big ticket item but hours of fun. For everyone. If you ever can’t find us, we’re in the basement playing Golden Tee. (Pictured left, one of many tournaments in our basement).
- Coloring kits– Who doesn’t love to color? A cure for boredom, coloring is also a great stress reliever. Don’t forget a set of colored pencils or fine tip markers.
- A puzzle – You can find one to suit just about anyone. ( I like this 80’s themed one.)
- FOR THE BEAUTY PRODUCT JUNKIE:
- Dyson hair dryer– A total splurge but give this to a girl with long hair and you’ll change her life forever.
- Foreo– This tiny but tough, portable facial cleansing brush comes in every color.
- Luxe gift set – Every year Chanel does a set of mini lip glosses and every year I buy it. (For myself).
FOR THE HOST/HOSTESS:
- A great bottle of wine – We received a bottle of Papillon as a gift and it is gooooood.
- A designer candle – Voluspa candles are the prettiest and smell amazing!
- A game – A pretty deck of playing cards or a raunchy Cards Against Humanity. Just know your crowd…
You’re not lazy. You’re willing to put in your time. You’re not afraid of hard work. So why is it so hard to get your shit together?
Too general. Too broad. What’s the WHY? The “why” helps you set a goal. Are you in debt? Are you in a dead end job? Do you have kids to put through college? Do you feel undervalued? All very different situations which will likely require a different path.
Question for you…Have you actually set goals for yourself? Have you really identified what you want and just as importantly, WHY you want it? It’s more difficult than it sounds. Try writing down a clearly defined goal. For example, you want to lose weight. Ok.
I want to lose 20 pounds.
I want to find a nutrition and fitness program that fits well into my lifestyle and allows me to maintain a healthy weight, have energy to ______, and feel proud of my physical appearance.
See the difference? You have the what and the why. And now you can actually figure out what steps to take to get there. You can seek out a nutrition coach, or research different programs to decide what seems like a good fit for you. Same goes for choosing a gym. Going back to your set goal, your clearly defined, written goal, will help you make better decisions. You’ll be less likely to get sucked into a trendy “diet” that you know will be miserable for you. You won’t join a gym that’s inconvenient for you. Or sign up for workouts you dread. That wouldn’t be serving your ultimate goal. It wouldn’t set you up for success.
How about another one?
I want to make more money.
I want to get out of debt and become financially stable so that I can save money for the future.
I want to find a career that allows me to work in a field that I enjoy with upside potential to grow and…buy a home….take family vacations…support my family…create personal wealth.
I want to create a budget that allows me to save money to provide for my kids’ education.
I want to earn a fair salary for the work that I do and feel valued.
The steps you’d take for each goal would be very different. You may need to find a new job, a new career even, or look into an additional source of income. You may need to seek help creating a savings plan for a specific goal.
I speak from experience. I’ve failed to reach many goals. Mainly because they didn’t really exist. I had ideas of what I wanted, but an idea is not a goal. If you don’t know what you’re really after, or why, it’s like running on a treadmill – not very inspiring, easy to lose interest and tough to stay on it for long. (On another note, for an effective, less boring treadmill workout, click HERE.)
This is just a start. But you can’t skip the first and most important step. SET A GOAL. Define it clearly. Write it down. Read it daily. Only then can you start to map out your plan.
I don’t love the treadmill. I don’t know many people that do. The thought of 30 minutes going nowhere is not exciting to me. At all. I need scenery, fresh air, some hills…
So as the weather gets colder and outdoor workouts start to dwindle, I try to find ways to challenge myself (and make the time go by faster!)
Find a great playlist and try this indoor hike. It’s not Runyon Canyon but it get your heart rate up, your legs burning and leave you sweaty.
I’m a multitasker. Sometimes because I’m feeling super productive but more often because I’ve over-scheduled myself. I’ve eaten, (and spilled), a variety of breakfasts in my car, and smoothies are by far the easiest to maneuver. One of my current favorites is this lemon-y concoction I recently created. It’s got this frothy frozen lemonade vibe and lately I go to bed excited to wake up just so I can make it again.
Try it for yourself…
Lemon Tart Smoothie
1 small frozen banana
1 cup frozen cauliflower
Juice of 1 lemon
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 Tbsp coconut butter
Blend and enjoy!